KITWE and Ndola residents and marketeers spilled on the roads of the two cities in solidarity marches for President Edgar Lungu and vowed to ‘‘die’’ for the Head of State because he is the leader they have chosen to govern them for the next five years.
In Kitwe, residents and marketeers marched in support of President Lungu’s re-election denouncing the violence allegedly being perpetrated by UPND cadres.
Speaking in an interview after the solidarity march, Association of Vendors and Marketeers (AVEMA) president Able Chikwa said marketeers had decided to stage a solidarity march in support of President Lungu to shame the opposition whom he claimed wanted to plunge Zambia into chaos.
“Our man is Edgar Lungu and no opposition leader will change our minds. The marketeers are saying they are ready to die for Chagwa because he is humble, mature, God fearing and has respect for every human being.
“You will not hear President Lungu insulting. But look at the opposition leaders, they are always insulting and even using derogatory language. What kind of leadership are they portraying? If they can insult now, when they are in the opposition, what would happen if they formed government?” asked Mr Chikwa
And speaking to the marketeers and PF cadres, Kitwe district commissioner (DC) Chanda Kabwe said he was sure Zambians were now able to tell who was a good leader between Mr Hichilema and President Edgar Lungu.
He said if the UPND leadership was against the violence taking place in their stronghold, they would have stopped their cadres from engaging in vice. And in Ndola, hundreds of residents and PF supporters declared that they had elected President Lungu for the next five years and were going to give him all the support.
PF district secretary Benjamin Chitondo said the party was also at pain with post electoral violence recorded in the country describing it as barbaric. Meanwhile, newly elected Ndola Central Constituency Member of Parliament (MP) Emmanuel Mulenga called on the UPND leaders Hakainde Hichilema and Geoffrey Mwamba to restrain their supporters from harming and violating rights of Zambians that voted for the ruling party.He said the PF stood for peace and asked his fellow elected opposition MPs in southern province to ensure that their supporters restrain themselves from acts of violence.
PF Ndola district Chairperson Annie Chimbini also stated that it is important that all the people maintain peace saying leaders are appointed by God. Ndola district Youth chairperson Tony Mwape urged the youths in the party to maintain peace as the country awaited the outcome of the constitutional court.
The members took three Kilometer match which ended at the District Commissioner’s office and were addressed by various party officials with a call to maintain peace.
Meanwhile Ndola district commissioner George Chisulo emphasized need for all people in the district to maintain peace in the country.